Learn What to Do – and What Not to Do – If You Are Stopped Under Suspicion of a DUI
Being pulled over under suspicion of a DUI can be scary for anyone, whether they were drinking or not. If this happens to you this summer, follow these instructions on what to do and what not to do. If you are charged with a DUI, contact The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254 for a free consultation and help with your DUI defense.
Do: Stay in the Car
Anytime you are stopped by a police officer, stay in the car until they tell you to get out. If you get out of the car before they ask you to, it may make them feel afraid and at risk. This could quickly escalate the situation.
Do Not: Volunteer to Take a Roadside Test
Do not volunteer to take a field sobriety test. If the officer asks you to do so, politely refuse. Note that this does not extend to breathalyzers, but any other test that they ask you to do roadside is not required by the law. Ideally, you will stay in your vehicle as long as possible.
Do: Follow the Instructions of the Officer
Do your best to be as cooperative as you can without volunteering to things you don’t have to volunteer for. If they ask you questions, answer them unless they incriminate you. If they ask for documents, give them to them. if they ask you turn off your radio or other simple actions, just do them without making a fuss.
Do Not: Tell Them You Have Been Drinking
You are not required to incriminate yourself. Even if you know that you have not had enough to be above the legal limit, do not tell them that you have been drinking. Do not lie, but do not admit it if you have been drinking. You have a right to request an attorney and to refuse to answer questions until the attorney is present.
Do: Remain Vague
If there is evidence in front of the officer that you have been drinking, you do not have to answer questions about how much you have been drinking. If you must answer, simply be vague. Say that you may have had a drink after work. Once again, do not lie, but do not give them more ammunition to use against you.
Call a DUI Attorney as Soon as Possible
The most important thing you can do after a DUI stop is to work with an attorney. You can reach The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254 and we will be happy to provide a free legal consultation. We can look at your case, consider the evidence, and find the best possible way forward.